On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform the nearly 1,200 Black people in bondage that they were finally free, over two and a half years following the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. Every year since, Juneteenth has been a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery, which was officially abolished with the ratification of the 13th Amendment on December 6, 1865.
As we celebrate Black culture and history today, we recognize we have a long way to go toward true equality. We're committed to using our platform for good, and hope that you join us in supporting these organizations who are leading the way.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region is a donor-supported organization that enriches, encourages, and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region has been positively impacting children and communities in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties in PA and NJ. Nearly 3,700 children annually are more successful socially and academically because of the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region.
The mission of Bridges to Wealth (B2W) is to close the wealth gap between white and minority households in Philadelphia. To realize this mission, B2W empowers low-wealth high school students, parents, seniors, and other community members with vital business literacy knowledge and financial life skills. Financial education and opportunity is a social justice issue. B2W has successfully increased wealth generation in underserved Philadelphia communities for the past seven years.
The mission of Frontline Dads is to facilitate the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and cultural development of African American men and "at-risk" youth by providing transformative programming that will empower them to assume leadership positions in their families and communities.
MenzFit is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) designated organization serving Philadelphia. They combat unemployment and underemployment by providing disadvantaged men with job interview preparation, career development, apparel such as suits, shirts and shoes, and mentorship as they seek and achieve employment to support themselves and their families.
Mothers In Charge is a violence prevention, education, and intervention-based organization, which advocates for and supports youth, young adults, families, and community organizations affected by violence.
The mission of Philadelphia Auto and Parole is to provide formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning back into society an opportunity to earn a living wage in courses of automotive repair. Participants will be provided with interactive activities, supervised instruction, and education on automotive repair. This helps program participants develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition back into society.
Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.
Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) is dedicated to the elimination of poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy to ensure a meaningful quality of life for families and individuals within Philadelphia. Founded in 1964 on the principles of "helping people to help themselves," OIC serves as a catalyst, enabling its clients to establish and maintain critical job and life skills through professional development.
The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) assists returning citizens in the transition from incarceration to society. TCRC helps individuals, families, and communities deal with the adverse impacts of incarceration via direct services, advocacy, lobbying for change, and organizing in the community.
The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experience of children prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and to ensure fair and thoughtful resentencing and reentry for individuals who were sentenced to life without parole as children ("juvenile lifers").